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How VMWare Cloud Users Access Cloud Volumes Service for AWS as a Guest OS

September 12, 2019

Topics: AWS3 minute read

Keeping up the pace in a cloud-first world requires more than just watching as your workloads move to the cloud. VMware Cloud is an excellent solution for extending your on-premises infrastructure to AWS, but on its own, it won’t be enough to ensure that your operations are running at peak efficiency.

How can VMware Cloud users get the most out of their hybrid deployments in AWS? In this blog, we’ll introduce you to VMware Cloud and show how you can boost your VMware Cloud operations with NetApp® Cloud Volumes Service for AWS, a fully managed and highly performant file service for AWS. Plus, we’ll point you toward an important resource with instructions on how to connect Cloud Volumes Service to your VMware Cloud architecture.  

What Is VMware Cloud?

VMware Cloud is a hybrid cloud service that allows organizations to extend their on-premises vSphere environments to a VMware software-defined data center(SDDC) that runs on AWS infrastructure. This allows applications to run smoothly across private, public, and hybrid environments.

The main purpose behind VMware Cloud is to help you scale. Having established a single host SDDC, companies can continue to scale seamlessly, increasing the number of SDDC hosts as needed so that on-premises data centers don’t run out of space and operating costs never run out of control.

With VMware Cloud, a wide range of AWS capabilities and services is at your fingertips and can be leveraged in applications running on VMware’s compute, storage, and network virtualization platforms. But getting the most performant storage available in the cloud isn’t possible with VMware Cloud alone. For that, you need to turn to NetApp and Cloud Volumes Service for AWS.  

Using Cloud Volumes Service with VMware Cloud 

NetApp and VMware have joined forces to deliver Cloud Volumes Service to VMware Cloud customers. Cloud Volumes Service for AWS lets VMware users unburden themselves from many of the concerns of hybrid deployment by leveraging NetApp enterprise-grade data management tools that aren’t available through  AWS alone. Cloud Volumes Service gives VMware Cloud deployments in AWS access to NetApp’s leading data management capabilities. Some major benefits include:

  • Highly performant storage: Switch between three different performance levels to ensure your workloads get the optimal IO when they need it.
  • NetApp Snapshot™ copies: Use NetApp Snapshot technology to create instantaneous point-in-time copies of your volumes for data protection and more effective DR.
  • Lower storage costs: Reduce your transfer fees, and break the cost vs. performance tradeoff with analytics and more effective provisioning of resources.
  • High availability: Build durable, fault-tolerant, and highly-available systems in the cloud.
  • Instant cloning: Based on Snapshot copies, Cloud Volumes Service can create clone environments on demand.
  • Security and encryption: Protect your data with NetApp’s cutting-edge encryption methods.

Download the Complete Technical Guide for More Info

To get a complete walkthrough of how to access Cloud Volumes Service for AWS with VMware Cloud, download the full guide here.

You’ll get step-by-step instructions, including all the permissions required, on how to configure your SDDC’s networking and security settings, how to create a volume in Cloud Volumes Service, set up rules for services such as NFS and ICMP, plus some common error messages that you may receive and what to do about them.

If you aren’t already a subscriber, get started by signing up for Cloud Volumes Service for AWS today as your first step toward getting the most out of your VMware Cloud infrastructure in AWS.

Solution Architect